What America Looks Like: The 405 Freeway in Los Angeles

By Conor Friedersdorf

The United States as seen by its residents

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In Los Angeles, California, a look at a stretch of the 405 Freeway that will be all but impassible this weekend when road crews shut down the route to tear down a bridge and complete other improvements.

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts. Austin, Texas. Nashville, Tennessee. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seattle, Washington. Portland, Maine. Yokena, Mississippi. Smyrna, Georgia. Vicksburg, Mississippi. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hoboken, New Jersey. Los Angeles, California. Kittery, Maine. Hamden, Connecticut. Westwood, New Jersey. Weehawken, New Jersey. Reno, Nevada. Luna, New Mexico. Athens County, Ohio, living on a bus. On the Ohio River, addicted to pills. At Ohio University, Chinese exchange students. Inner City Oakland, California, on a bicycle. Variations on the swimming pool. Yellowstone National Park. Independence, Iowa. Different sides of the barber shop. West Liberty, Iowa. The American flag and its uses.

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